HBCU Hidden Figure

September 21, 2021 | Written by
HBCU Bennet College Alum, Natalie Lockhart
Natalie Lockhart, Bennett College

Natalie D. Lockhart
HBCU: Bennett College
Psi Iota Omega Initiate, Fall 2019

HBCU Journey

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded at Howard University therefore it is only right that we use our influence to continue beating the drum for HBCUs across the country. We also love to recognize our graduates from these illustrious institutions. Get to know one of Psi Iota Omega’s very own, Natalie Lockhart.

Soror Natalie graduated from Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After a year at a predominantly white institution (PWI) in Massachusetts, she decided to transfer to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). “I was looking for an environment that would not only enhance me academically but also as a black woman. I wanted my college experience to be one where I felt a strong sense of community and where I would be exposed to opportunities that contributed to my personal and professional growth. Nevertheless, I am proud to say that I received that and so much more by attending Bennett College for Women.”

At Bennett, Natalie spent a year as an exchange student studying in Granada, Spain. Her most memorable HBCU experience was the night that President Barack Obama was elected. Bennett and nearby HBCU, North Carolina AT&T, celebrated with pride and joy for the historical occasion.

HBCU Advice

After her matriculation through Bennett, Natalie returned to Massachusetts to attend and later graduate from Northeastern University with her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is currently an Education Outreach Counselor for the Talent Search/Project REACH Program at UMass Boston. Natalie’s advice to young women and men who are considering whether or not to attend an HBCU is, “If you have the opportunity to attend an HBCU, GO FOR IT! It is an experience like no other and you will gain life lessons that extend beyond the classroom.” 

Lessons Learned

The greatest lesson Natalie learned from attending an HBCU is that there is so much exposure and opportunities to experience black excellence. As a student at Bennett, many historical and influential people visited the campus including the late great Dr. Maya Angelou and Iyanla Vanzant to name a few. 

Check out our other HBCU Hidden Figures here.